Children benefit from reading books about children with similar disabilities. Here are a few suggestions that you may find helpful.
What To Do About Roo?Leaving his comfort Zone
Colburg, S. (2016). What to do about roo? leaving his comfort zone. Rooski Books.
In this 32 page picture book, the author presents a story about a little boy who is devastated to be separated from his parents. Little Roo goes on adventures and through his adventures he learns that Mom and Dad will come back for him. He begins to understand that he is safe and loved in every situation even if it is scary. The book comes with two bracelets with Roo charms that can be worn by your child and yourself to help remind them that Mom and Dad are coming back. The author paints a beautiful story for children letting know that they are safe and secure and that separation anxiety is real but their parents will return.
The Survival Guide for Kids With ADHD
Taylor, J. F., Ph.d. (2014). The survival guide for kids with ADHD. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.
In this Kindle edition book, Dr. Taylor has created a handbook or guidebook for older children. The book is recommended for students in grades 5 or higher. If offers practical advice on how to deal with friends, classwork, focusing, having fun, enjoying school, and many more topics all while living with ADHD. He begins the book with a practical explanation of ADHD and what it means for kids. It is easy to find your way around the book as each topic is clearly identified in the chapter guidelines. Dr. Taylor has provided students with a book that offers strategies in kid friendly language.
Kraus, J., & Martin, W. (2004). Cory stories: a kid's book about living with ADHD. Washington D.C.: Magination Press.
The author of Cory Stories uses a unique approach to help kids understand what it is like to live with ADHD. The main character, Cory, shares short statements and little stories to describe many situations. He talks about his relationships with friends, family, and teachers and shares how ADHD affects those relationships. Along the way, Cory tells about a variety of treatments available for kids with ADHD. He shares about using medication, counseling, and other great tips for getting along in school. The author intends to create a character that kids can relate to and demonstrates a real understanding of what kids go through on a daily basis.
Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them.
Heineman Pieper, M. (2017). Jilly's terrible temper tantrums: and how she outgrew them. Chicago, IL: Smart Love Press, LLC.
Jilly is a small kanagroo who is prone to having temper tantrums. The frustrations that cause Jilly to have a meltdown are very familiar to children. Jilly's parents and the adults around her are very good at understanding how Jilly feels and validating her feeling while at the same time teaching her that temper tantrums are just unacceptable. Jilly's parents are patient and use soothing words with her. They offer her hugs and cuddles and encourage her to talk out her emotions. Eventually, Jilly begins to recognize that asking for help and receiving hugs is much better than throwing a temper tantrum. The author of this book works with parents to help them improve their parentings skills. In this book she shares valuable tips for helping children learn strategies for dealing with not getting their own way.
Meh: A Story About Depression
Malcom, S. (2015). Meh: a story about depression. United Kingdom: Thunderstone Books
This book is has no words. It is purely a picture book in which the main character appears happy at the beginning. Depression is represented as a dark blob that sneaks up on the young boy and overtakes every area of his life. The picture illustrate how it pervades everything and is not just something that your friends can cheer you up and you're all better. The pictures very clearly tell the story and you barely notice the missing words. The book includes discussion questions the help students discuss their emotions and depression. The author did a splendid job of getting the message across about the severity of depression on the main character's life using pictures only.
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine
Cook, J. (n.d.). Wilma jean the worry machine. Chattanooga, TN 2012: National Center for Youth Issues.
Anxiety affects a large percentage of school age children and that number is growing. Because of that this author wrote a cute picture book about a girl named Wilma Jean. Wilma Jean likes to worry. She worries about every thing saying, "What if..." "What if..." . Wilma Jean's worrying begins to take over her life. The pictures are colorful and the wording is fun and witty. The author presents a creative solution for discerning worries that are big enough to worry about and those that can be set aside. The author has tried to present a colorful way to help children understand worrying and its effect on the main character's life.